So recently, I came across this “interactive storybook style” game maker/IDE and decided to give it a try. This is a program called Ren’py (in which not gonna lie, some people made some really strange games on it). However, none the less it is really intuitive, powered by Python and open source technologies, and is easy to use.
The community itself, also seems super helpful and lots of people on itch.io have made games powered by Ren’Py.
I haven’t went through the entire tutorial itself. Infact, I just discovered this tool recently and haven’t been too active on it. The built-in tutorial that Ren’Py comes with, seems to be anime focused. Although, not my go-to genre, Ren’Py is nice because it can be used to make whatever style interactive storybook and game you want. This means with many of its drag and drop features, you can make even a comic-like story or whatever suits your taste. Ren’py promotes itself as a “Visual Novel Engine”. ~ Andrew